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How I Handle The Ugly Odds of Marriage

Elli Thompson Purtell | Posted 09.18.2015 | Weddings
Elli Thompson Purtell

Hope is the very seed of marriage. Without it, we have no chance of growing. Yes, some of us may get temporarily battered down by storms. Some of us may eventually wilt and wither to nothing. Some of us may die and find rebirth in an entirely new seed of hope. But what good is planting a seed in the first place if you don't have 100 percent faith that it will grow?

Cinemia: Cancer Goes to the Movies

Bret Hoekema | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

Perfect viewing for any old Tuesday night. The Broken Circle Breakdown is a transcendent meditation on what it means to be alive and where we go when we die. It speaks to the cancer experience without being a cancer movie. I'm not interested in any other kind.

My Interview With Max Ginsburg

Sara Zielinski | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Sara Zielinski

I recently visited painter Max Ginsburg in his studio to talk about his his politically and emotionally charged paintings. For more than sixty years, Ginsburg has painted from life.

Hyperrealistic Sculptures Challenge The Meaning Of 'Average American'

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts

“What really lingers with us [...] is their mood of stoicism; or perhaps not their stoicism, but their indifference, or even their resignation -...

We Are All Neoliberals Now: The New Genre of Plastic Realism in American Fiction

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.12.2015 | Books
Anis Shivani

More than a decade after the first strong signals of the collapse (or at least the twilight) of the American empire, there is yet to be a melancholic reckoning with the decline of empire.

Nuclear Realism

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

There's a category of political intellectuals who proudly proclaim themselves "realists," then proceed to defend and advance a deeply faith-based agenda that centers on the ongoing necessity to prepare for war, including nuclear war.

"Frankie Coolin" -- a Quiet Gem

Roger Wright | Posted 02.06.2015 | Books
Roger Wright

When the writers who are Chicago's eternal gift to literature gather in the smoky dark spilled beer taverns of heaven to share their best work, Bill Granger will be bringing along Time For Frankie Coolin.

12 Hyperrealistic Tattoos That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Mik Thobo-Carlsen | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
Mik Thobo-Carlsen

This post is dedicated to taking a closer look at the work of some of the best realistic tattooers in the world. Realistic tattoos are inspired by the Realism Art Movement. The popularity of realistic tattoos has grown tremendously over the years and some have become viral sensations on social media.

The Da Vinci Initiative

Brandon Kralik | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

The stone has been thrown. The splash is being made and as the repercussions arc across the surface of the representational revolution, they are intercepted as inspiration, as ideas, and The Da Vinci Initiative is capitalizing on them.

This Hyperrealist Paintings Capture The Small Magical Moments Of Living In New York

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts

New York is an towering city teeming with people, so depicting its small intimate, moments on canvas -- not to mention its moods, its complexity, or e...

An Eggplant With A Yolk? These Fruits And Veggies Are Not What They Seem!

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 08.06.2014 | Arts

What you see is definitely not an orange.

We Can't Stop Staring At These Hyperrealistic Depictions Of Innards And Guts

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts

We're not sure exactly what it is that we're looking at here, but we can't look away. Pristine plastic baggies pumped with innards and guts dangle mys...

The Enduring Legacy of Clark Hulings

Brandon Kralik | Posted 08.02.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

Clark Hulings was an American master painter who was said to be able to describe air itself with paint. Surviving, even thriving, as a realist painter throughout the second half of the 20th century was no easy feat but Hulings had the talent and dedication.

Cooking Art History: Savoring Silence

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 06.29.2014 | Taste
Maite Gomez-Rejon

The way we taste food is far more complex than flavor alone.

In This Naughty Candyland, Things Aren't As Sweet As They Seem (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts

Imagine a place rife with layered cakes, pastel-hued fondant, cotton candy tufts and cherries-on-top, where scantily clad women -- including Katy Perr...

Novorealism Aims High at TRAC 2014

Brandon Kralik | Posted 04.29.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

I come from the Nerdrum School myself, and find many similarities with this group that is organized in California and see them as one of many pockets of painters who are striving for the same lofty goal: to paint like the Odd Masters, or better!

Religious Idealism vs. Worldly Realities -- Part 2

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a previous post, where I contrasted the views of the political "Left" with those of the "Right," I pointed out that both right and left really do claim to hold the same goal: a prosperous and relatively decent life for every human being on the planet. The only real argument seems to be on how to actually achieve it.

Religious Idealism vs. Worldly Realities

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

When Jesus said "Blessed are the poor (or poor of heart)" he was not praising poverty as such. Quite the contrary: he was warning us that the kingdom of God (or of heaven on earth) would never be realized, much less possessed, by the avaricious or the greedy.

Killing More Than Kennedy

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

Kennedy's call to action, from his first to his last day as president, was a constant call to citizenship - local, national, and global. It was a call to embrace the promise of American reinvention and renewal.

FIAC Gets Real: Classical Painting in Contemporary Hands (VIDEO)

Michael Kurcfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kurcfeld

The game of trend-spotting at big-ticket art fairs has always been mostly about playing the numbers. What's selling, and to whom? But at this year's FIAC in Paris, amid the high-rolling and the splashy frontrunners, I began looking for a genre that refuses to stay moribund: classical painting

Obliterating Chemical Weapons Eliminates both a Silent Killer and a Threat to the Concept of Exclusive State Sovereignty

Scott Sigmund Gartner | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Scott Sigmund Gartner

Driven by horrific pictures and statistics and the visceral fear of invisible death, the world's attention focuses on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The One Percent Blues

Anthony Haden-Guest | Posted 09.03.2013 | Arts
Anthony Haden-Guest

via Creative Time Reports The refrain of my first newscast was that our New Real is the Surreal, and not long goes by without stuff happening which...

Hyperrealist Artist Painted Eyes Until He Got Really, Really Good At It

Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Forget the old saying "the eyes are the window to the soul." In Simon Hennessey's hyperrealis...

Stumbling to Tehran: A Deeply Flawed Argument for a Very Good Idea

Danny Postel | Posted 10.05.2013 | World
Danny Postel

The Leveretts are ideally positioned to champion the case for normalizing relations between the United States and Iran -- a case that desperately needs to be both made and heard in Washington. Lamentably, their ideological contortions get in the way and derail the effort.

Today's New Old Masters Outshine the Avante-Garde

Brandon Kralik | Posted 07.24.2013 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

When I told my art teacher I wanted to learn to paint like Caravaggio he informed me that all of the secrets of the old masters had been lost.